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In Person practices are resuming

With the easing of restrictions announced earlier this week, we are resuming in person practices.

We have room for a few more players before we hit the 10 limit.

We will be 3M spacing (minimum) during playing.  The floor of the warehouse we practice in has 10×10 ft squares so the measurements are easy 🙂

We wear masks when not blowing the pipes (drummers get to wear theirs all evening).

We maintain the spacing even in sectionals and full band on practice instruments.

We are also looking to add some Brass and Reed players to augment the band.  Think Royal Regiments on Parade style.

Are you celebrating the Bard?

This will be the first year since the band formed that we will NOT be holding a Robbie Burns dinner and performance.

Our annual Robbie Burns event is our major fundraiser for the year.  Fortunately, we do have a few things that have been donated to us again this year.  See our Store for items up for auction.

In addition, if you attended last year’s event you will recall that the Fraser Highland Shoppe was in attendance.  They donated the net proceeds from the sales that evening, resulting in us receiving over $500 last year.  This year, they will donate the net proceeds from any sales from now through the end of January for anyone who uses our affiliate link https://shop.fraserhighlandshoppe.ca/?raf=ref8600169 when shopping online, or who mentions this post when shopping in person.

And for those of you who wish to virtually attend a Robbie Burns event, there are a few online events occuring.

Preparing for the time everything returns to more normal!

We held a band practice last night.  While in the strictest sense we could have followed social distancing guidance and gathered in one large place, we took a different approach.

We fired up Zoom video conferencing and gave that a try.  We will continue to work out technical challenges, but here is a few things we experienced with our first try:

  • The meeting host was on a laptop, and every time the roll-offs started, the built in mic couldn’t handle the volume change (auto adjustments) until after the 2nd roll.  So we all had to be very good at counting time 🙂
  • Cell phone versions of Zoom don’t have the same settings controls.  We discovered that the app automatically adjusts the speaker volume down when the mic detects sound.  I’m sure its to prevent feedback, but it did prevent us from having everyone hear everyone else.  We are looking at using headphones and/or computers (laptops) where available.
  • We had each participant other than the meeting host mute their mic so that they could hear over the speaker the streamed music (below).

Fortunately, the Pipe Major had previously recorded each of the medleys as an MP3 for each member to practice with during the time apart, so we were able to stream that from the meeting host (including the bass and snare parts on his side) so everyone was able to play along together even if we couldn’t hear all the other players.

We hope you are staying healthy and safe!

2020 Robbie Burns Things to Know

Robbie Burns Things to Know

I hope you are excited about the Robbie Burns Dinner and Performance as I am. All of the performers have been practicing their hearts out, and we are now ready to go!

This is a relaxed semi-formal event. Most of the performers will be in kilts. If you have one, we invite you to wear yours as well. If you don’t, we ask that you dress in business casual, or better.

The doors open at 3:30pm. The performers will start at 4:30.   We will have some solo-ists, some poetry, and the Dance For Life dancers.  The Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums will then perform their set!

About 5:30pm we will be piping in the Haggis. It will then be properly addressed, and then we shall have dinner.

After dinner, we will have traditional Burns dinner activities – the toast to the Lassies, the reply, etc. After this, we will resume the performers, starting with the McRae School of Highland Dance.

There will be a silent auction held. We will be able to take cash, cheques, credit and debit.

The Fraser Highland Shoppe will also be on site.  They are donating all net proceeds from sales this weekend to the band!

There is a cash bar.

Our event typically lasts 4 hours.

You do not need to bring tickets.  We will have a list of ticket holders at the door.  However, we will only have the name of the person who purchased the ticket, so members of your group will need to know whose name the tickets are in!

The event is open seating.  We have a couple large groups for whom we will designate tables, but otherwise find an open seat and it’s yours!

How to get there!

Apple Creek Golf Course – 11064 TWP Road 275 – Airdrie, Alberta

Directions to Apple Creek Golf Course (3.5 KM North of Airdrie):

  • Head North on Deerfoot Trail to Airdrie
  • Take the last Airdrie exit and head west (Hwy 567)
  • Turn right on Main Street / Dickson Stevenson Trail and continue North for 3.5km
  • Turn left at the Apple Creek Trailer onto Township Rd 275
  • After you cross the train tracks and go up the hill, continue to the second entrance for the Apple Creek Golf Course

 

We are looking forward to seeing you there, and I hope you will have as much fun as I will!

 

Time is running out

If you have already attended one of our Robbie Burns events, we hope you remember it as fondly as we do! This year we are holding our event on the 8th of February.

Our regular priced tickets for the evening is $65 and there is a discount for groups of 5 or more! Because we need to firm up our numbers for the caterer, we need to know that you will be attending sooner than later. Therefore tickets are on sale ONLY until the 2nd of February.

We are once again fortunate to have the Highland Dancers return to perform (weren’t they adorable?). Of course the Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums will also be performing a new repertoire. But as a bonus, we will also be having solo-ists, and Canadian Step Dancers performing.

We will be holding our traditional Roast Beef dinner buffet. And of course there will be Haggis!

You may purchase your tickets by the following methods:

  • online shopping cart at https://airdriescots.ca/product/burns-2020-tickets-feb-8th/?yith=32.
  • speak with a band member about purchasing tickets via cash or cheque.
  • phone our treasurer(+1-587-600-0022)
  • email our treasurer at treasurer@airdriescots.ca specifying how many tickets
    • Phone and email orders can be paid for through Credit Card, Debit or e-transfer (treasurer@airdriescots.ca).

Note we have to have the money in hand before we count the tickets for the caterer (End of Day Feb 2nd).

I sincerely hope you will join us on the 20th to help support the band, and to celebrate Robbie Burns!

Sincerely,

Cam McPeak
President
Airdrie Gaelic Society
president@airdriescots.ca

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Specific instructions for ordering online:

  1. Go to https://airdriescots.ca/product/burns-2020-tickets-feb-8th/?yith=32
  2. adjusting the number you need
  3. Take note of any coupons listed in the product description that apply
  4. hit add to cart.
  5. Click on the SHOP menu button and choose checkout.
  6. On the checkout, fill in your details. Ensure a valid email and phone number are there in case we need to contact you!
  7. Add any coupon codes that apply.
  8. Choose to pay by credit card (Paypal) or check (cash, cheque, e-transfer or Credit Card through Square-up).
  9. Click “Place Order”.
  10. Use Paypal’s site to pay, or send us an email (treasurer@airdriescots.ca) or phone (+1-587-600-0022) to arrange payment.

If you are a fan of our Facebook page or Youtube channel, you will have seen videos we took at previous year’s events. I am certain you will agree that the entertainment is great and not to be missed!

See you there!

Happy Birthday Robbie Burns!

Tomorrow (Jan 25th) is the birth day of Scotland’s National Poet Robbie Burns.  In celebration of this cultural icon, groups around the world will be holding ceremonies.

The Airdrie Gaelic Society is no different.  This year, our Robbie Burns event is on Feb 8th, and tickets can be purchased on our website.

We will be having a traditional meal of Beef, Neeps and Tatties.  The Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums will perform, as will some Highland Dancers and Canadian Step Dancers.  In addition we will have the Address to the Haggis, some poetry readings, and some of our musicians will perform solo and duet numbers.

We hope you will join us!

Slainche!

Scottish Culture presentation at Airdrie Middle School

The Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums sent members to the Ecole Airdrie Middle School today to be presenters about Scottish Culture.

Pipe Major Kevin Fraser, Piper Grace and Snare Drummer Colby spoke in 4 sessions to a total of 8 classes.  We spoke on the clan system, history of tartan, the full kilt vs the modern kilt (and separate plaid) etc.

We also played a couple of tunes for each session, and then spoke about the parts and characteristics of our instruments.

Pictures and videos may be forthcoming!